Playing Miss Lady

February 12, 2012

I have the best in-laws in the world.  Not only do they love me (and I them), they are exemplars for all of us, practicing what they preach with so much love and integrity, it’s humbling.  In addition, they have a sense of humor!

When Ma tells a story, you want to put everything aside and go along for the ride.  She’s told me about her childhood in Kentucky when she and her friends would play “Miss Lady”.  It was their favorite game; they’d meet up at the bleachers in the baseball field (Black only, she’ll remind me, to better illustrate the place and time) and pretend to be “ladies”, having tea and conversing about this and that. She told me that she tried to get her friends to raid their mothers’ closets for “high spikers” (high heel shoes) to enhance the fun.

My “lady-like” skirt was upcycled from thrifted materials.  I combined a Banana Republic navy straight skirt (way too small) with a triangular piece of silk cut from a frumpy tank dress.  I then added a waistband salvaged from a skirt I had in a previous lifetime, and finally added a little embroidered medallion cut from the bottom of another thrifted skirt.  I love this skirt because I can wear it with the medallion to the front, side or back, depending on the top.

For this iteration I chose a backwards cardigan sewn up the back, vintage gloves, jewelry from Forever 21, shoes outlet sale, and a patterned coat from Goodwill.

On another note, my brother the photographer is going to send me one of his spare cameras this week!!!  Can’t wait.

Lastly, please note my “high spikers”.  While it’s too cold to wear these right now, I just had to pull them out. Hope you approve, Ma!



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6 Responses to Playing Miss Lady

  1. The Style Crone on February 13, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    What a great story! A perfect way to introduce your outfit and you really know how to wear those ‘high spikers.’ The skirt created from four (I think I got that right) previous pieces is genius. The pink speaks for itself and plays nicely with the patterned coat. And how exciting to be receiving a new camera!!!

  2. Rose on February 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    That’s just delightful! I have the 4 skirts, the idea, and unfortunately, they are still all in the “Possiblity Cupboard” all as intact as they always were, and I’m still imagining the finished project. Hats off to you for finishing!! It’s a skill I’m hoping to acquire soon!

    Rosemary from

  3. Melanie on February 14, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    You are too clever for words! Belt, bubblegum pink, coat – they caught my attention, but your description of how your outfits came to be are wonderful. Have fun with the new camera!! Love the high-spikers. My friends called pointy shoes pickle-stabbers and fence-climbers. I have a few that could spear even the tiniest gherkin!

  4. LaJuandrea on February 20, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I love it! What creative outfits. I can not wait for the new post. You look great in pink.

  5. Linda conover on April 1, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I love your blog. I have been reading it the last few days while on a bus trip. I am enamored with your recreated clothing. I ma never get rid of an old piece again. I imagine the possibilities. How do you finish off the edges on the sweaters you recut?

    • Jean on April 1, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      Glad you like it!! I have a serger sewing machine which allows me to finish the edges very easily. I love my serger and it’s totally changed the way I sew.

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